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The two most precious things this side of the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one, and the weakest weapon of the other.


Charles Caleb Colton

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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attache...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Of present fame think little, and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, l...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Reply to wit with gravity, and to gravity with wit.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Physical courage, which engages all danger, will make a person brave in one way; and moral courage, ...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
We ask advice but we mean approbation.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as tho...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; sinc...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the w...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Mystery is not profoundness.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Logic is a large drawer, containing some useful instruments, and many more that are superfluous. A w...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them agai...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
He who studies books alone will know how things ought to be, and he who studies men will know how th...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Afflictions sent by providence melt the constancy of the noble minded, but confirm the obduracy of t...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride. ...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Imitation is the sincerest flattery
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Imitation is the sincerest flattery.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Hu...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hott...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man ar...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by o...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
In America every woman has her set of girl-friends; some are cousins, the rest are gained at school....
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitteres...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from ...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from ...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its maz...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
There is a paradox in pride: it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Our very best friends have a tincture of jealousy even in their friendship; and when they hear us pr...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
No one knows where he who invented the plow was born, nor where he died; yet he has done more for hu...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
Be very slow to believe that you are wiser than all others; it is a fatal but common error
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
There is this paradox in pride it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
There is a paradox in pride: it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The old ways are the safest and surest ways
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The soundest argument will produce no more conviction in an empty head than the most superficial dec...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves. ...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
No company is preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their vir...
CHARLES CALEB COLTON
The present time has one advantage over every other - it is our own.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON